23 November, 2021

Renew.org’s 2021 Gathering Set for Nov. 3 (Plus News Briefs)

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The Renew.org 2021 Gathering will take place Nov. 3 at The Experience Community church in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (southeast of Nashville). The theme is “Real Life Theology.”

Renew.org writes, “Last year revealed to us a shift in the church and the lives of many disciples of Jesus. . . . Many are searching for answers: How do we go back to church? How can I focus on making disciples? Why can’t we agree in politics? Why does everyone seem so angry? How can we discuss difficult cultural issues? 

“We believe a focus on a theology that fuels disciples and disciple making is the key. This year our lineup will include a rapid-fire mix of TED-style presentations, worship, prayer, and discussion time. We will explore the Real Life Theology that fuels disciple making.”

Among the speakers: Carol Swain, David Young, Orpheus Heyward, Jonathan Storment, Shodankeh Johnson, Nate Ross, Chad Ragsdale, Bobby Harrington, Corey Trimble, and others.

The event runs from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Everyone attending will receive a copy of the event’s featured book, Real Life Theology: Fuel for Effective and Faithful Disciple Making. Learn more and register at Renew.org.

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News Briefs

Crown Recovery Center in Springfield, Ky., is set to become a community campus of Southeast Christian Church, which has been sending teams to the center for several months, the Southeast Outlook reported.

CRC is a residential treatment facility that offers a continuum of care that ranges from detox stabilization to vocational training. It is part of Addiction Recovery Care, which operates more than 30 treatment centers in Kentucky.

“We’re excited to see how God uses what’s happening at Crown to help additional facilities throughout Kentucky,” Jon Powell, Southeast’s executive pastor of ministry, told the Outlook.

The hundreds of men who gather weekly to watch SE Online and worship are fully engaged, according to the news story. “The group stands when the congregation stands and bow their heads when they pray. They sing with hands raised high, take communion and cheer for every baptism.”

Eddie Johnson, campus pastor of Southeast’s Indiana Campus for about 10 years, will oversee the new community campus.

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In 2011, ICOM started its Career Board with the goal of helping to connect ministries and churches with those looking for a way to live out their calling. 

“[The] Career Board gives you full access to all the information we have on opportunities for service across the street or across the world,” according to ICOM’s website. “The Career Board includes both foreign & domestic organizations looking for servants!”

People looking to serve short-term and long-term can check out the internship and job opportunities posted regularly by exhibitors/ministries that ICOM serves. Many of these ministries will be at the in-person conference Nov. 18-21 in Richmond, Va. The Career Board is part of ICOM’s desire to “enlist” workers for the harvest.

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After scrapping their REACH summer internship program in 2020, CMF International’s 2021 installment “rebounded in a big way,” according to coordinator Seth McManus.

Twenty-five interns served in three fields: six went to Abengourou, Ivory Coast, to serve with Ian and Krisin Isely; five traveled to Turkana, Kenya, to work with missionaries Joel and Rachel Williams, Eric and Cait Pitts, and Shannon Tucker; and 14 served with CMF team members Pat and Katie Gerber at Missions of Hope International in Nairobi, Kenya.

The interns exhibited “flexibility, kindness, and a fun attitude,” McManus said. “Even though we had to change locations many times due to COVID, we were grateful to have smaller groups going to fewer places where we knew we could send them safely.”

Learn about REACH summer internship possibilities for 2022 at www.cmfi.org.

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The 2021 National Disciple Making Forum sponsored by Discipleship.org and focusing on “The Cost of Discipleship” will take place Nov. 4 and 5 at Brentwood Baptist Church in Nashville, Tenn.

Learn more about the four main-stage sessions, 10 main-stage speakers, and the many scheduled workshops at discipleship.org. While you’re there, be sure to register.

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Ends of the Earth, a documentary film that weaves together true stories of Mission Aviation Fellowship pilots—past and present—“who strive with missionaries and local believers to take the gospel to the most remote places on earth,” will be shown in select, first-run movie theaters across the country on Monday, Oct. 18, and Thursday, Oct. 21. The movie also will be shown at ICOM at 4 p.m. Nov. 20; plus, it is available for screening at churches any day from Oct. 18 through Dec. 31. Learn more at the film’s website.

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The CCL Network will present “The Church Working Right Seminar” several times over the next month or so. Go to ccl.network to learn more about—and register for—events planned at Community Christian Church in Black River Falls, Wis. (Oct. 23); Sherwood Oaks Christian Church, Bloomington, Ind. (Oct. 27); Lake James Christian Camp and Retreat Center, Angola, Ind. (Oct. 30); Dallas Christian College, Farmers Branch, Texas (Nov. 5); Current Christian Church, Katy, Texas (Nov. 6); and Castle Hills Christian Church, San Antonio, Texas (Nov. 8). Seminars typically run from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

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Mount Zion Christian Church in Richmond, Ky., will be “DEE-lighted!” to welcome President Teddy Roosevelt and his wife, Edith, to speak at 2:30 this Sunday. (The Roosevelts are portrayed by Larry and Julia Marple of Springfield, Ohio.) The event is sponsored by the Battle of Richmond Association, the Richmond Register reported.

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Gideons International in Canada has changed its name to ShareWord Global. Among the reasons: The Gideons in Canada wanted to open the organization to women, while in the United States it remains a men-only ministry, Christianity Today reported.

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